Indonesian Travel Diaries – Swimming in Hot Springs


The hike up Mt Batur had been freezing cold, but the way back down was positively roasting… It was still early in the morning so the temperature wasn’t horrific, but we could feel the heat begin to rise around us…

By the time we were at the bottom we were a.) dying for a wee (overshare?) and b.) so. HOT. We said a fond goodbye to Wayan who’d looked after us so well on the hike – it seemed strange he’d been so quiet for the first part but we’d had a long chat and on the way down he was loudly (and badly 😉 ) singing No Woman No Cry… Actually – wait a minute – it was just me and Legs… I hope his song wasn’t a subtle hint 😂.

At the bottom of Mt Batur is Lake Batur – which contains lots of naturally hot springs which are open to swim in. They are absolutely beautiful.

We arrived at the hot springs and were shown to the changing rooms where the lockers and showers are. Word to the wise – they are mixed changing rooms. I just went into a shower cubicle to change. We were given a token for a free juice and snack, so we headed for our Balinese snack of deep fried banana (so. tasty) and fresh watermelon juice.

Then we headed in to the hot springs…

It was absolute heaven on our muscles, like a long hot bath… The view was STUNNING, and once again we found ourselves just taking in the view, gossiping about everything that had been going on in our lives and in a state of total awe that we’d just hiked a mountain to see the sunrise, only to come back down it and now be luxuriating in hot springs…

It was just the second part in what was without doubt the best day we were to have in Bali…

Kate x




  1. Kayleigh Zara
    October 1, 2017 / 21:53

    The water looks absolutely stunning and so beautiful and blue. Indonesia isn’t somewhere that I’ve thought of visiting before but it looks so beautiful and it sounds like you had an amazing time x

    Kayleigh Zara 🌿

  2. October 1, 2017 / 23:26

    This looks and sounds absolutely stunning- I’m so very jealous of your ventures (: xx

  3. abbeylouisarose
    October 2, 2017 / 06:51

    Oh my goodness, I thought that the hike up the mountain would’ve made your day special enough, but now this immediately afterwards?! Sounds PERFECT! I would love to lie back in these hot springs, deep fried banana in hand hahaha (not a euphemism, I realised how bad it sounded after I typed it) 😂 The thought of your guide singing you down the mountain did make me giggle as well! As always, your photos are stunning and totally wanderlust-inducing!

    Abbey 🍂

  4. October 2, 2017 / 13:35

    This sounds and looks absolutely incredible, I’d absolutely love to visit Indonesia one day. The hot springs sound absolutely amazing and your photography has me counting down to my next holiday. xx

  5. October 2, 2017 / 16:59

    Ah Kate I’m absolutely in love with this post! Bali sounds absolutely fabulous and I’m a huge lover of hot springs so these sound truly amazing! I can’t wait to read the rest of your posts! xx

  6. Chloe
    October 2, 2017 / 17:43

    Wow!!! This looks amazing!!! Paradise or what? I’m so jealous that you got to visit such a beautiful place! Your photography is stunning!

  7. October 2, 2017 / 20:41

    These pictures are absolutely beautiful! I’ve very jealous of you right now! Indonesia is deffo on my bucket list and I hope to visit it next year xx


  8. October 2, 2017 / 21:27

    I really enjoyed this post! Thank you for sharing it!! Photos look incredible too. Hiking a mountain is rather impressive!! Xxxxxx

  9. October 2, 2017 / 22:10

    Oh my god, all your posts right now are making me sooooo jealous. I could quite happily soak in a long natural bath haha! xx

  10. Debra-Bow
    October 2, 2017 / 22:26

    Oh my god, this looks incredible. It all looks incredible, I’m so jealous! Totally living through your photos of being away from this cold rainy country as I’m about to head to bed!

  11. October 4, 2017 / 09:56

    This looks absolutely stunning!! I’m so envious of everything about this day! Your photos are absolutely beautiful, what a perfect way to spend your time after hiking up a mountain – the perfect recovery too I imagine! The deep fried banana sounds amazing!
    Loving all your travel posts, can’t wait for the next instalment!
    Hels 🍂💕

  12. October 4, 2017 / 20:18

    I’m literally loving your travel diaries for this trip! Making me so jealous! X

  13. October 4, 2017 / 21:34

    Oh Bali!💛

  14. October 8, 2017 / 10:24

    Kate, Every one of your post’s gives me the travel bug. And this is no exception. I love this post but I am almost green with jealous.

  15. October 8, 2017 / 17:22

    Wow! Those springs look incredible and I’m so intrigued by your snack of deep fried banana! I’m looking forward to hearing more about your trip.
    PaleGirlRambling xo

  16. Olivia Mulhearn
    October 8, 2017 / 20:26

    wow what amazing images! looks like you had an amazing time! the hot springs sound amazing

  17. November 25, 2017 / 23:29

    Sounds amazing, all your posts make me giggle and smile 🙂

    Jen xx

    • Kate
      January 11, 2018 / 13:32

      Aw thank you Jen!
      Kate x

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